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"Nature will teach us a lesson" - Local activist slams re-introduction of single-use plastics
A positive change in the environment was noted over the past two months of semi-lockdown.

Caroline Curmi

The environment heaved a sigh of relief during Malta's semi-lockdown yet the progress may just be reversed after restaurants recommencing their operations on Friday were requested to make use of single-use plastic as a mitigation measure to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Cami Appelgren, one of Malta's leading environmental activists, made reference to this in a recent Facebook post in which she suggested restaurants use: "glass top on the table and a menu underneath which can remain there for everyone to see," instead of disposable menus advised by local authorities.

Highlighting the environment's plight, Cami noted the discrepancy in public attitude: "August 2018: A nation’s outcry against single use plastic when a turtle was airlifted dead from the sea with its stomach full of plastic. April 2020: “Let’s not go back to normal. Normal wasn’t working”... May 2020: Go out and dine with a damn ocean of single use plastic," she wrote. 

Insisting that sustainable solutions are indeed the way forward, Cami warned: "Nature WILL teach us a lesson. Sooner or later. Necause nature WILL survive. We won't."

Acknowledging that single-use plastics in hospitals and health care are necessary, Cami insisted that the consequences stemming from the majority of the population returning to single use mode will be unpleasant.

20th May 2020


Caroline Curmi
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When she’s not having a quarter-life crisis, Caroline is either drawing in a café, frittering her salary on sushi or swearing at traffic in full-on Gozitan. There is also the occasional daytime drink somewhere in the equation. Or two. A creative must be allowed at least one vice.

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